Thursday, August 12, 2010

Simple slipcovers from upcycled fabric

When we moved into our home 5 years ago we we bought red wool area rugs for our family room and sitting room areas.  Our first floor is open concept with a fireplace and wood stove in the middle of everything.  This sitting area is between our kitchen and dining area.  In the summer I put these chairs  in front of the fireplace to make more room for going in and out of the screened porch.  In the winter I replace them with larger upholstered chairs that we sit in to read in front of the fireplace on cold winter nights. 

Problem is the dark red carpet seemed too hot for the summer months and also collected every. single. piece. of. grass. we seem to track in from the yard.

My solution?  Well, I replaced the carpet for the summer with an indoor/outdoor carpet I found on sale for $20.00.  It vacuums nicely and, if needed, can be hosed off outside and dried in the sun.  It feels really nice on the feet and has a nice basket weave pattern.  I also made an ottoman cover and chair cushion covers with upcycled fabric. 

The main lighter fabric was actually a slipcover for a loveseat.  I bought it at a thrift store for $1.99.  The tag on the slipcover showed that it was a "shabby" style cover from Target.  I don't care for that loose style but I knew it was a valuable source of sturdy fabric.  The darker fabric is from a women's linen dress.  I've also made a table runner and Playful Posie Pins from it for my Etsy shop

I'm enjoying the lighter colors and I can remove these and machine wash them.

I'm pleased with the two-tone color combination. 

A few accessories on the thrifted table make a pleasing arrangement.  We like to keep the binoculars and field books by the back door for easy bird and butterfly identification.

I'll probably put the red rug back when the cooler weather arrives, but here in Virginia that won't be until late October.  Stay tuned!


  1. wow, it's all really lovely. You have great sewing skills.

  2. Hi, just found your blog! I love the slipcover on the ottoman. I've been looking for a 'new' idea for an ottoman. Now.....I just have to find one!
    *heading on over to your Etsy

  3. Great job on the slipcover. I love the linen accent!

  4. Kelly, it is just lovely. I want to come and sit in your bird watching area... it is so inviting:) Bravo!

  5. I wish I had half your sewing skills!


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